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DIY for the Nerd: Rocking 74-Z Speeder Bike

Australian DIY-er Tez_Gelmir was kind enough to share with the world a little project he did for his daughter: a child-sized speeder bike from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. 

Yes, I mean the ones that a handful of Storm Troopers crash into Endor(ian?) trees, dying in a blaze of Imperial glory. No, this model doesn’t really fly; it rocks. Yes, it boasts a few electronic lights and sounds. No, it doesn’t come with an Ewok. Yes, I wish it were adult-sized, too.

Picture of Rocking Speeder Bike
WHEEEEE!!!!!

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DIY for the Nerd: Doorway to Moria

Never have I been so tempted to try my hand at carpentry than when I viewed this project by Redditor Eclipse_007: The Hidden Mines of Moria Door, from Lord of the Rings. (Click for DIY instructions!)

It looks like a blank wall until someone touches it. Then it lights up a fluorescent blue and swings open to reveal a basement movie room. My dearest brother Brian, I hear your basement is still unfinished . . . soooo, what do you think?

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DIY for the Nerd: The Iron Shoe

I mean, if the shoe fits, you know. . .

. . .give it to Goodwill (if you value the position of your head atop your shoulders in any way).

I switched out one of my planned spotlights since the next season of GoT has begun. Hopefully, no one’s too tired of my many shoes/heels post. (I rarely wear them, truly, but I can’t deny they’re nice to ogle. Must be some genetic trait I can’t shake.) Continue reading DIY for the Nerd: The Iron Shoe

DIY for the Nerd

If you know what this means:

Rnd 24: sc 4, 2 in next (inc), repeat 6 times (30)
Rnd 25 – 30: sc 1 in each (30)
Rnd 31: sc 23, ch 2, skip 7 (23, 2 chs)
Rnd 32: sc 1 in each including chs (25)
Rnd 33 – 34: sc 1 in each (25)
Rnd 35: sc 11, sl.st 6, sc 8 (25)
Rnd 36: sc 9, sl.st 8, sc 8 (25)
Rnd 37: sc 10, sl.st 9, sc 6 (25)
Rnd 38: sc 1 in each (25)
Rnd 39: sc 4, sl.st 29 in back stitches (33)

Then congratulations, you know how to crochet! (And I bow to you. All the times I tried to learn, I kept making a circle instead of a square.) So what is it you’re making with those instructions up there? Why, what else? Iron Man gloves!

I know. I know. Change the circle into an oval with tongue and it’d look like Deidara’s mouth-hand (Naruto). Or keep it eye-shaped, add long nails, and go as the Pale Man (Pan’s Labyrinth).

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DIY for the Nerd

Some days, it’s appropriate to geek out head to toe. Don the T-shirt. Wear the hat, the necklace, the gloves, the belt, the button. Whatever you’ve got as long as you don’t end up looking like book-Dumbledore with twinkling stars and garish colors.

Other days, it’s one piece at a time. Subtlety at its best, so that people in the wild on the streets do a double-take. “Oh, that’s from Game of Thrones,” or “Nice T-shirt. I want that,” they’d muse. Fellow nerds may smile and show you their own shirt/accessory in reply. I had one guy in a parking lot say to me once, “I thought they caught her already,” in response to my Most Wanted: Bellatrix Lestrange tee. Unfortunately, I had had no witty rejoinder ready at the time, and just murmured, “Oh, thanks!” (P.S. I would have said, “Shh! Don’t tell the muggles, Parking Lot Guy.” I totally would have.)

Ah, but T-shirts aren’t actually my focus today. Sorry for the tangent.

I want to highlight shoes actually. There are tons of DIY shoes out there, especially ones on which you can paint your favorite fandom. It would be impossible–well, improbable and way too much hassle–to cover them all in one go so most likely I’ll be returning to shoes in the future. In the meantime, let’s start with Star Wars shoes today!

R2D2-inspired platform stilettos.

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Tuesday Threads: DIY for the Nerd

Sadly, I can boast no pretty manicures, nor do I have the money or ability to maintain them in every day life. I’m okay with this. Usually. But on days I happen to see Doctor Who inspired nail art, ooo, there burns a teeny ball of envy/awe in the pit of my stomach.

This one, for example:

The Doctor, The Widow, and The Wardrobe

Awe. Appropriate awe.

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Tuesday Threads

Good afternoon, Villains! Christine here, up to no good again, but this time, in the honor of procrastination. Instead of typing out my much, much, horribly belated Interstellar review (it IS finished, just not typed), I’m brainstorming ideas for new weekly posts on alwayssometimesvillains.

Our fearless leader Philip and I have discussed a cosplay highlight in the past, but just never got around to it. Wells, here’s a spot for it. Every Tuesday, you can expect a post regarding any manner of apparel, be it cosplay or merchandise or DIY, as long as it pertains to what we Villains love in TV, Movies, Music, Games, and Books.

Because why not wear a bit of free advertising for our favorite shows? And dressing up as badass characters just takes the cake. Me love cosplay 365 days of the year! BAM.

So, to start off, you lucky bastards get a triple feature. One of each in the areas I mentioned above. (After this week, it’ll just be one because avarice should be reserved for worthwhile things, ya loonies.) Continue reading Tuesday Threads